Beddgelert, Gwynedd, Wales Genealogy

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Beddgelert is a village, community and ecclesiastical parish in the Snowdonia area of Gwynedd, Wales.

Before 1974 the village was in the historic counties of Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire and, between 1974 and 1996 in the Gwynedd. In 1974 it became part of the modern county of Gwynedd.


In 1887: "Beddgelert, parish and village, on borders of Carnarvonshire and Merioneth, 4 miles S. of Rhyd-ddu ry. station and 13 miles SE. of Carnarvon, 26,716 acres, population 1330; P.O. The village, 6 miles S. of Snowdon, is situated amid fine mountain scenery, and is a starting-point for tourists. Coaches run in connection with the trains at Rhyd-ddu. Beddgelert signifies "The Grave of Gelert," Llewellyn's hound, which, tradition says, was buried here." (John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

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NOTE: There is absolutely no evidence for Gelert's existence! The so-called "grave" is believed to have been created in the late 18th-century by the landlord of the Goat Hotel in Beddgelert, who connected a legend to the village in order to encourage tourism.


Years County
before 31 March 1974 Caernarfonshire & Merionethshire
1 April 1974 - 31 March 1996 Gwynedd
from 1 April 1996 Gwynedd


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